Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Cancer can be simply explained as misbehaving maniac cells that follow no normal pattern of life with continuous multiplication and extended life. Once being diagnosed with breast cancer, the treatment options are decided depending up on a number of factors including the type of the cancer, its location, its spread or the stage of the cancer etc.
Firstly the oncologist determines if the cancer is invasive or non-invasive.
Non-invasive breast cancer – Like the name hints, when the cancer is in the non-invasive stage, it means the cancerous cells are still contained to their site of origin. Typically referred as non-invasive In situ breast cancer, this type of cancer has not spread to the surrounding tissues, if not detected at this stage, it can eventually spread further. Ductal and lobular carcinoma is the two most common types of breast cancer.
Ductal carcinoma – ductal carcinoma is the most common type of cancer. Almost more than 85 % of the cases of breast cancer have ductal origin or ductal carcinoma in situ. The ducts lie underneath the areola of the breast and the nipple, and are the milk ducts to the nipple. DCIS or the ductal carcinoma in situ is a non invasive cancer, which can be treated by removing the cells in focus or the lump of the cells and further radiation. If this type of cancer has further grown to invasive stage and has spread to the surrounding tissues chemotherapy and mastectomy (removal of the breast) may be advised. (more…)
In the medical world, there have been different approaches to the treatment of mesothelioma cancer. One form of treatment that is being administered by some physicians is chemotherapy. Is mesothelioma chemotherapy really worth anything to people?
Basically, mesothelioma chemotherapy refers to the use of medications to deal with the health problem of mesothelioma cancer. There are different ways by which chemotherapy can be administered, and the common ones involve the use of pills and intravenous medications.
In addition, mesothelioma chemotherapy can be administered directly to the affected area of the body. A typical case is that of patients who receive intra-peritoneal chemotherapy. The medical procedure is usually done after a surgical operation to remove tumors. It is also referred to as chemotherapy wash in which the medications or drugs are slightly heated and left to stay in the peritoneum for few hours and then subsequently drained. The treatment makes the drugs to be in direct contact with the affected cancerous region. The purpose of heating the drugs to normal body temperature is to increase the capability of the chemicals to penetrate the affected tissues.
Of a truth, receiving chemotherapeutic cancer treatment is not bearable to most patients. Mesothelioma patients will need some determination to go through the whole procedure without minding the side effects. Since this mesothelioma treatment option has been found to be the most promising, most people often choose to accept it.
Generally, it is expected that an oncologist who is experienced in the treatment of mesothelioma should be able to choose the most effective drugs that can be used for mesothelioma chemotherapy. Such a person will have to tell the mesothelioma patient what to expect in respect of the side effects of the treatment. (more…)